The proposal to reduce the speed limit in the Gables has been approved by traffic regulators at Miami-Dade County and has been preliminarily approved by Coral Gables city council. If it goes through, then the City Beautiful will join the likes of New York City and London – two cities that have slowed their own traffic.
In addition to reducing pedestrian fatalities, lowering the speed limit will also discourage commuters from using residential Gables streets as cut-throughs to avoid traffic. Some also say that, because all drivers will go the same speed, traffic will flow more consistently and be less stop-and-go. I am not so sure that slowing down cars is really a way to speed up traffic!
In theory, lowering the speed limit to 25 miles per hour is quite beneficial; however, it will be a matter of practice and enforcement that will really allow us to see a change. When and if our speeds are reduced, it will certainly be interesting to see what happens.
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